Iniesta: Spain face two finals to stay in World Cup

Midfielder and team-mate Fernando Torres both admit winning is the only option as the holders prepare to face Chile at the Maracana on Wednesday
By Greg Stobart in Rio de Janeiro

Andres Iniesta admits Spain face ‘two finals’ to stay in the World Cup after their nightmare start against the Netherlands.

The World Cup holders face Chile at the Maracana on Wednesday after a humiliating 5-1 defeat in their Group B opener last Friday.

Barcelona midfielder Iniesta says the remaining matches against Chile and Australia are make or break for Spain – but he feels they should take heart from the fact they lost their first game against Switzerland four years ago in South Africa.

“We had a similar situation in the last World Cup. We must play two finals to go to the second phase,” Iniesta said.

“We must trust in ourselves and I believe we are ready to do it.

“It’s a very hard situation for us because the result against Holland was really bad. It’s a blow but we have to give our best to change this hard situation.”

Striker Fernando Torres agreed with his team-mate during their pre-match press conference on Wednesday, with the Chelsea forward insisting the Spain squad are not even contemplating an early exit.

“Nobody thinks about losing,” Torres said. “We all think about winning. We don’t want to think about the possibility of defeat.”

Torres came on as a second-half substitute against Holland but refused to be drawn on whether he might start against Chile as coach Vicente Del Bosque prepares to make several changes to his team.

Torres added: “Whether I play or not is not important. What is important is that we win. I hope we play in our usual style, at a high level.

“But we have to win anyway because anything else and we go back home.”